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Improving Diabetes Control Through Peer Counseling and Incentives

2014-07-24 14:05:42 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The specific aims of this study are to test whether in a cohort of low-income minority veterans with poor diabetes mellitus (DM) control:

1. Peer counseling is an effective means of reducing HbA1c (a measure of glucose control).

2. Financial incentives are an effective means of reducing HbA1c. This is a randomized controlled pilot study. There will be 3 arms: 1) a control group of poorly controlled diabetics getting usual care; 2) peer counseling with no incentives; and 3) financial incentives without peers. Ultimately, contingent on the success of this intervention, the researchers plan to apply for funding for a large scale intervention employing both peer counseling and incentives to improve DM control in low income and minority patients who are at high risk for premature morbidity and mortality.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Diabetes Mellitus

Intervention

Assigned a peer counselor, Financial incentives

Location

Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
United States
19104

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of Pennsylvania

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:05:42-0400

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A subclass of DIABETES MELLITUS that is not INSULIN-responsive or dependent (NIDDM). It is characterized initially by INSULIN RESISTANCE and HYPERINSULINEMIA; and eventually by GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE; HYPERGLYCEMIA; and overt diabetes. Type II diabetes mellitus is no longer considered a disease exclusively found in adults. Patients seldom develop KETOSIS but often exhibit OBESITY.

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